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Is This Normal?

Judgment-Free Straight Talk about Your Body



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About The Book

A “comprehensive…must-read” (Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure) guide to women’s health from naturopathic physician, bestselling author, and leader in women’s health Dr. Jolene Brighten.

When discussing period pain or mood swings, hormonal imbalance or fertility issues, and all the “down there” concerns, vagina owners everywhere consistently ask their doctors one thing: Is this normal?

Whether it was from her patients or her hundreds of thousands of social media followers, Dr. Jolene Brighten has heard this simple question more times than she can count. With only eighteen states (yes, really) requiring medically accurate sexual education, it’s no wonder that so many have serious questions that need answers.

In Is This Normal?, Dr. Brighten “answers to the often unasked questions along with actionable steps on how to move forward...It’s like having a conversation with your most trusted that happens to have a medical degree” (Dr. Will Cole, New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting). TMI isn’t a term in her world. She answers all those “lady parts” questions you’ve always wondered but might not have felt comfortable asking, including topics as wide-ranging as the menstrual cycle, postpartum health, libido, acne, the orgasm gap, and vaginal discharges. No topic is too gross, gooey, or OMG to be off-limits.

Featuring a twenty-eight-day plan to take back your cycle and dozens of charts, checklists, and diagrams that help keep it real while keeping you educated, Is This Normal? is the Our Bodies, Ourselves for the social media generation, and women everywhere will benefit from this honest, easy-to-understand guide to their bodies.

About The Author

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a pioneer in women’s medicine and an award-winning board-certified naturopathic endocrinologist and certified sex counselor. She is the author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. Her website,, and large social media platform, allow Dr. Brighten to teach women from across the globe how to heal their hormones and have a better conversation with their doctor. She is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor in the FemTech industry, and is considered a leading authority on women’s health. Dr. Brighten is also a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and part of the MindBodyGreen Collective. Her work has been featured in the New York PostForbesCosmopolitanHuffPostBustleThe Guardian, and ABC News.

Product Details

  • Publisher: S&S/Simon Element (April 4, 2023)
  • Length: 480 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982196394

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Raves and Reviews

“An inclusive and thorough overview of women’s health.” —Publishers Weekly

"As a functional medicine expert, I have heard it all. But sometimes it takes years of working with someone before they feel comfortable to ask the uncomfortable questions. Instead of spending endless hours searching the web or wading through awkward conversations, Brighten's new book answers everything you've ever wanted to know about your body - sex, hormones, periods, etc. Nothing is off the table as she provides real answers to the often unasked questions along with actionable steps on how to move forward with things that are less than optimal in your health. It's like having a conversation with your most trusted that happens to have a medical degree." - Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert, NYT-bestselling author, Intuitive Fasting, Gut Feelings

"Dr. Jolene Brighten is a leading hormone expert who passionately advocates for women to have the knowledge and tools to feel their best. While many doctors dismiss women’s concerns as normal, Dr. Brighten provides insight on the root cause of the most common (and sometimes least talked about) hormone issues women face. In this book she offers comprehensive guidance on how to restore a healthy cycle, optimize your hormones, and get the pleasure you deserve." –Izabella Wentz, PharmD New York Times Bestselling Author of Hashimoto's Protocol

"In a world where so many women are told that their hormone struggles, period pain, and other concerns are "normal," Dr. Brighten breaks down the myths, provides step-by-step guidance in how to optimize your hormone health, and enables you to determine what is actually normal for your own specific body. "Is This Normal" should be required reading for any woman who is struggling with her health and unable to find answers from traditional medicine." –Anthony Youn, MD, America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon® and Author of The Age Fix

"Is This Normal is where hormones and sex meet to bring you the insights, tips, and pleasure changing recommendations to transform your sex life." –Emily Morse, doctor of human sexuality, Founder, Sex With Emily

"Dr. Brighten delivers a comprehensive guide to healing hormone dysfunction, resolving menstrual cycle issues, and closing the orgasm gap. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to achieve robust hormone health!" –Sara Gottfried MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure

"Dr Brighten has long been my source of trusted, unbiased and accurate information regarding hormonal health. She effortlessly weaves together the cold hard facts, humor and comfort while empowering us all to understand and honor ourselves. She provides you with all of the answers to questions you’ve been too afraid to ask… or didn’t even know that you needed to ask. Do yourself a favor, and read this book immediately." –Ashley Greene, actress

Is This Normal is a book that all women need on their bookshelves. It gives women the answers they’re seeking to some of their most common reproductive and sexual health concerns. This book reads like a conversation with a knowledgeable best friend, without any judgment or pretense. No topic is off-limits, making this an excellent guide to even the most embarrassing (and incredibly common!) women’s health concerns." –Sarah E. Hill, Ph.D., Research Psychologist and author of This Is Your Brain On Birth Control

"Is This Normal is the absolute guide to thriving as a woman and addressing any hormone concern that comes your way. Dr. Jolene Brighten has created a plan that blends her years of clinical experience with the scientific literature to provide readers with a clear roadmap of how to transform their health. I love the access and education or empowerment she gives to her followers and readers." –Kelly Leveque, Clinical Nutritionist & Best Selling Author

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